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Sheriff describes vandalism spree at Wilton luxury apartments

Sheriff describes vandalism spree at Wilton luxury apartments

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released details of a vandalism spree at the communit

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released details of a vandalism spree in the community clubhouse at a Wilton luxury apartment complex that resulted in the arrests of five teenagers, including the son of the Saratoga County administrator.

The incidents happened overnight Jan. 22 into Jan. 23 but investigators had not released information about them to the media.

When maintenance workers at the Paddocks of Saratoga off Old Gick Road opened the building for use Jan. 23, they found two youths sleeping in the movie theater portion of the clubhouse, said sheriff’s Investigator Timothy Brown.

The workers also found damage to the building: broken pool cues, beer poured into the coffee maker, a cleaning closet broken open, toilet cleaner sprayed on the walls and ceilings, and the pool table covered with beer.

Police said about 60 empty beer cans were found in the clubhouse.

The two boys sleeping in the clubhouse were identified by police as Connor J. Tremblay, 17, of Ruggles Road in Saratoga Springs, and Spencer P. Hellwig, 17, of East Avenue in Saratoga Springs, the son of Saratoga County Administrator Spencer Hellwig. They were each charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and trespass, a violation.

When the maintenance workers confronted the two boys, police said they gave false names and fled in a vehicle later identified as belonging to Tremblay or his family.

Brown said a maintenance worker at the apartments was able to write down the license plate of the fleeing vehicle and this provided an important link for police.

Police say the three other boys involved in the vandalism had left the building before daybreak.

Also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and trespass were:

• Michael Foley, 18, of Arrowhead Road in Saratoga Springs;

• Jordan V. Canino, 17, of Ballston Avenue in Saratoga Springs;

• Jacob J. Hyland, 18, of Building 10 of Ascot Circle in Wilton.

All five suspects were arrested in early February after an investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office and released to their parents.

They first appeared in Wilton Town Court in early March but the case has been moved to Moreau Town Court because the Wilton town justices recused themselves. Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III also recused himself from the case and Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan is prosecuting.

The Moreau Town Justice court staff would not discuss the case or allow a reporter to inspect the court records related to the arrests Friday. A justice court clerk said that Moreau Town Justice Jeffrey B. McCabe told the staff not to release the arrest records nor discuss the case.

Some of the boys charged in the case may be eligible for youthful offender status, which eventually seals their arrest records from public inspection, authorities said.

Hellwig and Hyland were also arrested on felony criminal mischief charges in April 2012, after police said they and another boy went on a BB-gun shooting spree, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to windows, cars and other property.

The boys were charged by state police, Saratoga Springs police and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in connection with damage done April 12-13 in Saratoga Springs and Wilton. A baseball bat was also used to damage mailboxes and other property, police said.

All three suspects in the 2012 case were charged with a felony, but they were each eligible for youthful offender status. City Court officials told a reporter then that the boys’ records were sealed and could not be viewed by the media.

The status of the current case in Moreau Town Court is unknown. Warren County District Attorney Hogan said she expects to have more information on the case next week.

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